Jim Archibald has been a construction lawyer with the firm for almost 22 years, serving as the Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Construction and Procurement Practice Group from 2009 to 2014, when he was elected to serve on the Firm’s Managing Board.
Jim has advised clients on public and private projects, including projects administered by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers. He has extensive experience prosecuting and defending differing site conditions, extra work, delay, acceleration, impact, and inefficiency claims on private and public jobs. Many of these claims have exceeded $10 million, and have included claims by the general contractor and pass-through claims by numerous subcontractors. Examples include substantial claims by general contractors and subcontractors at the Madigan Army Hospital in Seattle, Washington; the McKinley Climatic Test Chamber at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; the McWilliams Power Station Project in Gantt, Alabama; the Renovation of the U.S Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama; the Edwin Zorinsky Federal Building in Omaha, Nebraska; the U.S. Federal Courthouse in El Paso, Texas; the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Mexico; the Kinston Regional Water Reclamation Facility in Kinston, North Carolina, and the Shelby County Water Treatment Plant in Shelby County, Alabama.
Jim also advises owners and design builders on heavy industrial projects, and has handled multi-million-dollar performance disputes and defaults arising out of these projects. For example, he represented the EPC Contractor for the Blue Water Fiber Waste Water Treatment Plant in Port Huron, Michigan against claims by the owner and the bondholders who financed the project that the Plant failed to meet performance guarantees. Aspects of this dispute were litigated in Federal Court in Detroit, Michigan, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit, Michigan. He also represented the owner/developer of the AES Red Oak 800 MW Power Plant in Red Oak, New Jersey, asserting claims against its EPC Contractor for failing to meet performance tests and guarantees for the Plant in a major lawsuit in New York. Finally, he represented the contractor in performance disputes arising out of a Natural Gas Expander Plant in Philadelphia, defending against claims that the Plant failed to meet certain performance guarantees.
Jim regularly handles cases involving construction defects and disputes over insurance coverage for construction defects. For example, he represented the developer of student housing projects in Connecticut, Florida and Louisiana against water intrusion, mold, defective construction and defective design claims, and he represented the contractor who built the Charleston Judicial Center Complex in Charleston, South Carolina, against water intrusion, mold and defective construction claims. Jim has experience defending against these claims and trying to obtain insurance coverage to protect his clients against the claims.
Jim has tried or arbitrated over 20 construction cases to final verdict or award, including cases involving delay and acceleration claims, differing site conditions, changes, extra work, disputed terminations, over-inspections, defective work, liquidated damages, consequential damages, performance test disputes, and joint venture disputes. A frequent lecturer on construction law topics, Jim presented at the 2013 and 2014 ABA Construction Law SuperConference about the implied covenant of good faith and mid-project dispute resolution, respectively, and at the 2014 ALFA Construction Law seminar about BIM. Jim has been listed in Best Lawyers for Litigation-Construction from 2009 to 2016.